Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Currently residing outside the Netherlands due to Covid-19?

Important Message to international students

Are you holding a Dutch residence permit for the purpose of study, currently residing in the Netherlands and continue your studies here in the Netherlands? There is no need for action. However, due to COVID-19, you may have temporarily returned to your home country. If this is the case, then please read this message carefully.

For the purpose of temporarily studying abroad, you can legally stay outside the Netherlands for a maximum of 12 months. You are obliged to inform us if your circumstances change. In case you left the Netherlands and still continue your studies from your home country, you need to inform your educational institution (AUAS Immigration Affairs) immediately. Please fill out the following form and submit:

Kindly also take note of the following:

  • For your residence permit to remain valid you must return to the Netherlands within 12 months and have a registration at the municipality (BRP), or register again as soon as possible upon return.
  • If you do not plan to continue your studies or return to the Netherlands, you must inform your educational institution as your right to legally stay in the Netherlands for the purpose of study will be revoked. If your residence permit expires while you are abroad and wish to extend, you should contact your educational institution and answer the abovementioned questions. Regardless of the intended extension, you must always return to the Netherlands within 12 months. You must also apply for an extension before the expiration date of your permit.
  • If your current Dutch residence permit is revoked and you wish to return to the Netherlands in the future, you must contact your educational institution 3 months before arrival so that they can apply for a new residence permit.

Take note that it is important that you obtain sufficient credits. The credits obtained during this period abroad must be counted for the study progress monitoring.

We also advise you to keep an eye on this page for information about the Dutch immigration services:

Published by  Student Affairs 21 January 2021